The City of Antwerp has been promoting green roofs for about ten years – but the real breakthrough still has to occur. The few implemented projects lack the qualities needed to counter urban heat island effects or cloudbursts that flood the sewers. However, the combined area of the roofs in Antwerp has the potential to tackle urban challenges, especially if they are designed with special attention to climate aspects.
By running an Urban Lab on climate-resilient roofs, Antwerp aims to learn more about applicable techniques and combining functions, initiate market development, inspire and improve its future policies by cooperating with the green sector and owners of big roof surfaces.
Small investments with high impact? The Urban Lab is characterised by the deep involvement of participants, the ability to fail and learn, and follows the principles of the Theory of Change.